The Tower of London and Windsor Castle - Two of the Most Famous Castles in Britain
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The Tower of London and Windsor Castle - Two of the Most Famous Castles in Britain

The Tower of London and Windsor Castle are two of the most famous castles in Britain.

When I think England, I think castles. This is probably true for many of us. There are numerous castles in England and in other parts of Britain – some lost, many ruined and some standing the test of time as testimony to an age long past. The Tower of London and the Windsor Castle are two of the most famous castles in Britain.

Tower of London

Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress popularly known as the Tower of London is probably the most famous castle in the whole of Britain. It was founded in 1066 during the Norman conquest of Britain. The tower has been historically associated with the seat of power in Britain and has served many political and military purposes in its long history. Currently it is the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

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During the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, the tower was widely used as a prison and often as a place of execution. At one point of time, Elizabeth I was imprisoned in the tower by her half sister Queen Mary.

The Tower of London is particularly famous or rather infamous for several ghost stories associated with it. It has been claimed multiple times that the ghost of Queen Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded in the tower in 1536 on charges of adultery, haunts the tower.

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and also the oldest in continuous occupation. It is one of the three principal residences of the British monarch. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1066 and has been since modified and built upon over the years by the kings and queens of England.

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Queen Elizabeth I considered this castle to be the safest in her realm. In fact she took refuge here during the Black Death in England and executed anyone who visited from London in order to keep the castle free from plague. Windsor Castle was the principal royal residence during the Victorian era and many of the ornamental changes including the gardens were made during this period.

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During the World War II, King George VI, his queen and children including Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) lived in the Windsor Castle for safety. Since 1952, it was used by Queen Elizabeth II as her preferred weekend retreat.

A fire broke in 1992 in the castle destroying 9 royal chambers and 100 more rooms. A huge restoration work costing £37 million was done to return the castle to its previous glory. Currently it is one of the major tourist destinations of Britain.

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